Meghan Trainor gave fans an update… Blue Ivy wins at NAACP Image Awards… Skeet Ulrich & Marisol Nichols are leaving Riverdale… “Friends” reunion confirmed… and Remembering Kobe Bryant
Meghan Trainor’s dad, Gary, was hit by a car while crossing the street in the San Fernando Valley Friday night. At first, it was reported that this was a hit-and-run, but sources say the driver actually didn’t leave the scene and spoke with police. The driver said it was dark and that Gary was wearing dark clothes, and he didn’t see him until it was too late. A source said this is being treated as an accident and that no crime was committed. Yesterday, Meghan posted a photo of her and her dad, captioning it, “I’m with my dad now. Thank you for all your sweet messages. It was all very scary but he is the strongest man I know 💖🙏🏻.” At last check, Gary Trainor was listed in stable condition.
At the NAACP Image Awards, Beyoncé added six more trophies to her growing collection, including Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Album for “Homecoming: The Live Album.” Her song “Brown Skin Girl” from “The Lion King” soundtrack also won for Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration. And since her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, has a writing credit on that song, at 8 years old, she is now the youngest artist ever to win an NAACP Image Award. Other winners that night included Bruno Mars for Outstanding Male Artist and Lil Nas X for Outstanding New Artist. Lizzo took home Entertainer of the Year, and Rihanna was the recipient of the President’s Award.
Skeet Ulrich and Marisol Nichols have both decided to leave “Riverdale” after the fourth season. No word yet on how or when they’ll be written off the show. Since the show debuted on The CW, Skeet has played Jughead’s dad, F.P. Jones, while Marisol has played Veronica’s mom, Hermione Lodge. Skeet says he’s proud of his work on the show, but it’s time for him “to move on to explore other creative opportunities.” Marisol had a similar statement, saying she’s “looking forward to the next chapter” and that she’s “excited about the future.” However writers decide to wrap up their storylines, show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said, “FP and Hermione will never be far from our hearts. And, of course, they’re always welcome back in ‘Riverdale.’”
The Southside is getting a little bit smaller… Skeet Ulrich and Marisol Nichols announced they’re leaving #Riverdale, and leaving behind a cast that has become “family”. https://t.co/Ltzmdpo82G— E! News (@enews) February 23, 2020
“It’s happening.” Five of the six “Friends” cast members posted that same caption under the same photo of them all in a speeding car. Matt LeBlanc went rogue and posted a photo of the cast of “Mash.” That sounds like something Joey would do! So Courtney, Jennifer, Lisa, David, Matthew and Matt are getting back together for…….what exactly, we don’t know for sure. Sources say it will not be a scripted reunion, so it will most likely be the cast talking about their experiences on the show, which some behind the scenes intel. It will be air exclusively on HBO Max, which launches in May and paid $425M for the rights to stream all ten seasons of “Friends.” And because they always stuck together when it came to contract negotiations, each of them is said to be making the same amount, which is estimated to be around $3M each.
The memorial for Kobe and Gianna Bryant will be held at the Staples Center today. They chose today’s date, 2/24, in honor of Gia and Kobe’s jersey numbers. There was some talk about moving the ceremony to the LA Coliseum — which seats close to 80K — but they decided to keep it at the Staples Center because that was Kobe’s home. Streets around the arena will be closed off and city officials are asking fans without tickets to please stay away from the area. They will not be broadcasting the ceremony on the outside screens, which they’re hoping will cut down on some of the crowd. Vanessa Bryant is expected to attend, but we don’t know if she will speak. Streaming of the memorial service will begin at 9:30am Pacific Time.
Remembering Kobe Bryant: We’ll have complete coverage of the public memorial service of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant at the Staples Center in LA today on @ABCNewsLive at 12:30 PM ET. https://t.co/77Wg9FF6og pic.twitter.com/i6zucahSKl— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 24, 2020